Shoemaker sets single-game blocks record with nine rejections
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team used fluid ball movement to claim a 96-35 triumph over Lesley University in the opening round of the Cheryl Warren-Powers '95 Memorial Tournament on Saturday night at Emerson Gymnasium.
Sophomore forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) nearly posted a triple-double with nine points, nine rebounds and nine blocks in 15 minutes of action. Shoemaker's nine rejections now rank first all-time in a single-game surpassing Lynne Yenush '92 who had seven against MIT on January 31, 1991.
Sophomore Alyssa Almario (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) paced all scorers with 15 points (5-for-8), classmate Emily Romans (Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) and junior Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) contributed 12 points apiece and senior Sarah Fitzgerald (Bath, Maine/Morse) tallied 11 points to highlight the offense. Junior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) dished out ten assists and notched five points in 22 minutes. Pierce's ten assists ranks ninth all-time in a single-game. Classmate Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) filled the stat sheet with eight points, six assists and two rebounds.
As a team, Wheaton assisted on 29 of its 35 baskets falling one shy of tying the single-game record set on February 3, 1994 versus MIT. The Lyons 11 blocks is tied for second all-time, while their 96 points is good enough for ninth all-time.
Lesley University senior guard Emily Fleming (Medford, Mass./Matignon) registered 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Sophomore guard Jackie Ewing (Hong Kong, HK/Hong Kong International) added ten points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal. Freshman forward Belen Garcia-Clark (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central) had eight rebounds and one block.
The Lyons led wire-to-wire as 12 different student-athletes factored into the scoring. Wheaton led by as many as 65 points with 2:58 remaining in the second half. The Lyons shot 47.3-percent (35-for-74) from the field, 37.0-percent (10-for-27) from beyond the arc and 80.0-percent (16-for-20) at the line.
Wheaton (1-0) hosts Trinity College in the championship round of the tournament tomorrow at 3 p.m. Bantams' head coach Wendy Davis picked up her 100th career win at Trinity in a 75-68 victory over RPI in game two of the opening round on Saturday night. RPI (0-1) will play Lesley (0-1) tomorrow in the consolation round at 1 p.m.